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COVID-19 VACCINE NOTICE:
Starting January 11, the State of Michigan has approved vaccinations to begin for front-line essential workers such as police officers, first responders, state and federal employees, jail and prison staff, teachers and child care providers, as well as those aged 65 and older.

At this time, NOCHS has submitted for the vaccine, but we have not received our supply.

We will post on our website (noch.org) and on our Facebook page when our supply arrives and those eligible will be able to schedule an appointment.

For more information about the vaccine in our area, please go to VaccinateWestMI.com  

COVID-19 VACCINE

Smallpox, polio and now COVID-19. Vaccines have a long history of hope and healing and the COVID-19 vaccine is the first step on our road to recovery. The COVID-19 vaccine will help all our communities eliminate the virus.

We know there are many questions and concerns regarding these COVID-19 vaccines. That's why we put together a list of the most commonly asked questions about the vaccine and what we know so far.

You may also read more information about the vaccines on the Center for Disease Control's website or the State of Michigan's website.

 

WHO WILL GET VACCINATED FIRST?

 The vaccine will be available in phases based on greatest rick/need. Below are the phases per the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

· Phase 1A includes paid and unpaid persons serving in health care settings who have direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials and are unable to work from home, as well as residents of long-term care facilities.

Phase 1B includes workers in essential and critical industries, including workers with unique skill sets such as non-hospital or non-public health laboratories and mortuary services.

Phase 1C includes people at high risk for severe COVID-19 illness due to underlying medical conditions, and people 65 years and older.

Phase 2 is a mass vaccination campaign for all individuals 16 years and older.


WHEN CAN I GET A VACCINE?

The COVID-19 vaccines will be available before the end of 2020 for those in Phase 1A. However, there won't be enough for everyone to get the vaccine right away. Experts are working on how to distribute these limited vaccines in a fair, ethical, and transparent way. Michigan is following the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations for prioritization of distribution and administration of COVID-19 vaccine

Experts project all adults will able to get vaccinated by late 2021. More studies are needed before a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available for young children.

 

HOW WILL THE COVID-19 VACCINE WORK?
The mRNA vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna are a new type of vaccine to protect against infectious diseases. To trigger an immune response, many vaccines put a weakened or inactivated germ into our bodies. Not mRNA vaccines. Instead, they teach our cells how to make a protein - or even just a piece of a protein - that triggers an immune response inside our bodies. That immune response, which produces antibodies, is what protects us from getting infected if the real COVID-19 virus enters our bodies.


HOW DO I KNOW THE VACCINES ARE SAFE?

The goal of the vaccine-approval process is to end up with a vaccine that is effective (the vaccine works in preventing the illness) and safe (there are no serious side effects or other problems). In the United States, this process has produced safe and effective vaccines for the flu, polio, measles, mumps, pertussis and more. The process has saved millions of people from getting sick and dying.

Like most new medicines and vaccines, the COVID-19 vaccines are tested for safety in large clinical trials for safety. The COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials follow these steps:

1. Volunteers receive the vaccine
2. The volunteers regularly check in with scientists to report any side effects or illnesses

3. The scientists apply for Emergency Use Authorization from the Food and Drug Administration if the vaccine has data to support its safety and effectiveness

4. Scientists continue to follow the volunteers for at least two years to report any long-term or rare side effects and safety concerns.

 

ARE THE VACCINES EFFECTIVE?

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are 94-95% effective in preventing COVID-19.

 

ARE THERE SIDE EFFECTS TO THE VACCINE?

Individuals who receive the vaccine may experience mild side effects such as low-grade fever, sore arm and fatigue, which indicate that the vaccine is working.

DO I REALLY NEED TWO SHOTS FOR THIS VACCINE?

Yes. The first dose of the vaccine primes your immune system to react to it and create memory. The second dose helps the body develop the long-term memory that protects you from the virus.


WILL THERE BE COST TO RECEIVE THE VACCINE?

There will be no out-of-pocket costs to individuals for the vaccine, however, healthcare providers may bill insurance for administrative costs.


WHERE CAN I GET A VACCINE?

To find the location of a COVID-19 vaccine clinic, visit vaccinefinder.org.

WHAT IF I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?

Sources for vaccine information based entirely on medical science include IVaccinate.org, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and the CDC.